The dazzling prequel to The Blue Sword follows the adventures of the Damarian king's daughter, Aerin, as she fights to claim both birthright and love. "Splendid high fantasy . . . superb, filled with tender moments, good characters, satisfying action, and sparkling dialogue".--School Library Journal. Newbery Medal Book, 1985; ALA Notable Book, ...
The dazzling prequel to The Blue Sword follows the adventures of the Damarian king's daughter, Aerin, as she fights to claim both birthright and love. "Splendid high fantasy . . . superb, filled with tender moments, good characters, satisfying action, and sparkling dialogue".--School Library Journal. Newbery Medal Book, 1985; ALA Notable Book, 1984; ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 1985. Young Adults.
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Ever read a fantastic story, get hints of back story, and really wish you could read it? Fans of McKinley's award-winning novel "The Blue Sword" learn in this story how the fabled magic sword found it's way into the royal family of Damar. Aerin--clumsy, shy, and bullied (but not beaten)--is an unusual princess. She has none of the magic (called kelar) that supposedly courses in great waves through the largely extended royal family -- and she's the legitimate daughter of the reigning king! After her cousin taunts her into a magical dare that debilitates her for the better part of a year, Aerin finds a new way to command the respect of her father's court: by hunting down and killing the dragons which plauge his kingdom. This is the beginning of Aerin's awakening to who she truly is and what she can do. She learns to strengthen and value herself, lean on and help others, and become the leader her country sorely needs when they are attacked by the ever-threatening demonic North. This is not your typical princess-adventure-romance. For one thing, it was written decades before the genre became popular. For another, McKinley brings her world to life in a way few others can. Highly recommended.
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